Farm Credit Canada Agency has decided to play the role of a catalyst to encourage more investment in technology.

How Farm Credit Canada became a major player in venture capital

The farm lender’s mandate now includes funding agri-food innovation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – In 2017 the Barton report said Canada has a massive opportunity to boost exports of agricultural commodities, agri-food and seafood. The most memorable part of the report, from the Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, set a target of adding $30 billion to Canada’s agriculture and agri-food exports by 2027. […] Read more

A recent survey found that 40 per cent of consumers associate gene editing with genetically modified organisms.

Gene-edited crops suffer in information war

Consumers continue to confuse gene editing with genetic modification

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadians don’t know much, or think much, about gene-edited crops. But when asked about the technology, one phrase pops up: genetically modified organisms. Last summer, CropLife Canada hired a polling firm to gauge public knowledge and perceptions about gene-edited crops. Why it matters: How gene-edited crops are regulated around the world will […] Read more

The American soybean industry has already developed a sustainability program.

Soybean growers may need certification for EU

Canadian sector urged to ponder such a program as European Union moves toward requiring proof of sustainable production

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian soybean growers may soon need sustainability certification if they want to sell into the European feed market. Europe is edging toward a sustainability requirement for imported soybeans. “The European Commission is pushing feed manufacturers in Europe, very forcefully to increase the amount of sustainably produced soybeans going into the feed market,” said Ron Davidson, […] Read more

Claire Cowan is chief executive officer of North American Plant Genetics, an Ontario company that sells corn seed to Ukrainian farmers.

Ontario company finds place in Ukraine

Independent seed company develops market to supply corn seed

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Ukraine, a country known for wheat and sunflowers, grows a surprising amount of corn. United States Department of Agriculture data shows Ukraine planted 13 million acres of corn in 2020. Canada had 4.5 million acres of corn in 2020, if silage corn is included. For the seed industry, 13 million acres is […] Read more

Using innovative techniques to achieve crop traits, the company developed camelina lines that produce bioplastic in the seed.

New camelina produces plastic in the seed

The amount of polymers is small but an American company hopes to continue to increase levels

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – An American firm is developing a new type of camelina, that produces bioplastic in the seed. Yield10 Bioscience of Massachusetts announced recently that the bioplastic in the seed could eventually be used to make biodegradable consumer products, such as Ziploc sandwich bags or bio-degradable grocery bags. Why it matters: There’s increasing concern […] Read more

This week on ‘Between The Rows’

This week on ‘Between The Rows’

Episode 220, April 15, 2021

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China had been a major buyer of Canadian soybeans, but shipments to the Asian country fell off dramatically in 2018 after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the request of the American government.  Photo: Reuters/Bryan Woolston

Canada has new top soybean buyer

Iran purchased 383,000 tonnes of soybeans from January to the end of September, worth $181 million

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – In 10 seconds or less, name the Number One buyer of Canadian soybeans in 2020. Japan? The United States? China? The answer is Iran. Why it matters: Canada has struggled to replace soybean demand from China since it disappeared in 2019. From January to the end of September, Iran bought 383,000 tonnes […] Read more

Emerging corn plants in Ontario.

Neonic ban decision expected in six months

Health Canada said it now has further information to consider in making its decision

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia — Health Canada is expected to make a decision on neonicotinoid insecticides in about six months. Federal scientists have studied neonics and their potential impact on aquatic insects for years. The final judgment was scheduled for this autumn, but now won’t happen until the spring. “Due to the vast amount of new information […] Read more

National potato harvest declines

National potato harvest declines

Dry summers in Ontario, Quebec and Maritime cut into yield

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Canadian potato production will decline this year, possibly by six per cent or more. A hot and dry summer, especially in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, cut into potato yields across the country. Why it matters: Potatoes are a high value crop for the areas across the country where they are produced. […] Read more